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Poster: CornyPop Date: Apr 3, 2013 6:35am
Forum: feature_films Subject: copyright status

I think these British movies may be pd, but I'm not certain - can anyone offer a thumbs up or down opinion?

When The Bough Breaks - 1947
Golden Salamander - 1950
The Captive Heart - 1946

tia :~)

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Poster: larus Date: Apr 14, 2013 6:25am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: copyright status

There's been some debate on this forum about whether UK copyright terms for pre-1956 films amounted to 50 years after publication or 50 years after the death of the last surviving joint author. However, all three films would still have been under copyright in the UK on January 1st, 1996 regardless of which of the two above assumptions on UK copyright terms is right one.
Moreover, the films seem to be actual UK productions, rather than US productions in disguise, and IMDB shows no evidence of any of them having been published in the US earlier than 30 days after its UK publication date.
So, they all look like their US copyrights were restored under URAA/GATT.

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Poster: CornyPop Date: Apr 15, 2013 4:49am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: copyright status

I guess it is too 'muddy' to attempt, I appreciate your knowledge

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Poster: Kevin VandeWettering Date: Aug 6, 2014 6:30pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: copyright status

I got a nastigram from ITV claiming:

among some others that are gone.

The I saw that Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasance in 1984 disappeared. Underlying rights by Orwell because UK TV shows are only protected for 50 years?

I'm kinda wondering whether any of the Arthur Askey films are public domain. He passed on in 1982, so I think we may have copyright issue on all those. I dunno. Is someone smarter than I am?

This post was modified by Kevin VandeWettering on 2014-08-07 01:30:06